Music

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Music is a universal language which embodies one of the most enriching forms of creativity. We are dedicated to delivering a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their individual talents as musicians.

As they progress at Cumnor House, so pupils will develop a critical engagement with music, one that allows them to listen with discrimination and to respond with an appropriate musical language.  They learn to experiment with sound and develop an understanding of various compositional techniques.  Through the use of music technology and score notation pupils become active composers, learning to manipulate sound and create original compositions.

It is my belief that every pupil here has the potential to be a great musician.  It is our role to support each child on their unique musical journey and to harness the potential of all young musical minds.

We are joined each week by 25 visiting music teachers, which we refer to as VMT’s, who deliver music lessons on a wide variety of instruments.  Pupils can learn to play any of the following orchestral instruments; violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba. Alongside those instruments, we also offer lessons on: saxophone, drums, guitar, ukulele and bass guitar.  We have four singing teachers, and six piano teachers, to cover a variety of genres and teaching methods.  We are a host ABRSM exam centre, and encourage all pupils to take graded exams on their instrument and voice.

  • James Tunstill

    Director of Music
      James Tunstill (BMus/RCM (Hons) ALCM), was second in charge of the Music Department, Head of Peripatetic Music and Head of PSHEE & Lifeskills at Hurtwood House School, Surrey, where he worked from 2000.  Having gained his first professional qualification whilst still at school, James then studied for 4 years at…

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    • Graham Griffiths

      Assistant Director of Music
        Dr Graham Griffiths B. Mus (Edinburgh), D.Phil (Oxon), PGCE Graham studied music at Edinburgh University (BMusHons), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (PGCE) and at Christ Church, Oxford (DPhil., Musicology). He joined Cumnor in 2010 as Assistant Director of Music responsible for teaching music to Reception children and Years 1 to…

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      • Glen Rowlan

        Music Administrator
          Glen joined Cumnor in September 2015 as Music Administrator but he is also a freelance composer and sound designer for Film and TV. He studied Music at Keele University and gained a Masters in Music Composition at Kingston University. Prior to Cumnor, Glen was teaching young people with Autism and…

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